Saturday, April 24, 2010

Electoral Reform: The Ignored Factors


Quite interesting how electoral reform has become an issue to make name with and endear to the public. In the celebrity, stage-managed leaders’ TV debate, which in itself is lop-sided, we have seen the three chosen parties each trying to score a point on reform. Regardless of being a Labour supporter, I am in no way in support of both the reform and the TV debate.
The TV debate leaves us with exactly the normal outcome of a well-managed, highly action-packed reality TV. In 90 flicking minutes, the best and dissimilar actor wins the vote. And usually it is the new man on the block who appeals. Because majority of the gleeful audience see nothing beyond the thin membrane of entertainment and hence chose their king without a thought. Nonetheless, this is not to say that that king may be wrong or undeserving.
As for electoral reform that everyone seems to support now, the irony is that majority of those supporting it also would not want single-mission or hate-preaching parties to get anywhere near the parliament. However, in supporting a reform calling for a proportional representation, they ignorantly create a seamless avenue for the same discriminatory parties into the parliament.
How long before Nick Clegg, Gordon Brown, David Cameron, Alex Salmond and the rest of them realize the golden platter they are passing to Nick Griffin and his British National Party (BNP) or their ilk. With no consciousness of the relationship between their beliefs and the consequencies, we will end up with these hate-preaching parties in the parliament in no time should the talk of proportional representation indeed become reality during the electoral reform. And for such day, I already weep.
At the speed it is going, it will only take the first by-election before we wake up to the reality of the folly of our un-weighed action.
Proportional representation has already sent Nick Griffin to the European parliament. If installed here, it will only quicken the entrance of the BNP at Westminster and delay their change of heart.

1 comment:

Wayne Smith said...

Here we have the usual and only argument against proportional representation: We can't have a fair voting system because the people can't be trusted to vote for the right people (us).

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